Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Update: Homeless Journeyman Hacker Released, Where's the Laptop?

Place of arrest
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Homeless man Leo, also called "The Journeyman Hacker," was arrested yesterday morning at 12:30am in New York for "trespassing." He is renown on the Internet for choosing to allow entrepreneur Patrick McConlongue to give him free programmer coding lessons.

Patrick had provided Leo with a laptop at his expense, and free software, books, Wi-Fi, and one hour lessons each day starting in August. While Patrick had drawn criticism for various reasons, he actually was investing time and energy to help Leo excel at a good job and the choice was mutual. Many found the arrangement inspiring and the two men drew lots of rousing support.

Leo was set to go on The Today Show on Wednesday morning until police arrested him and confiscated his laptop and a new prototype phone gifted to him. Patrick fought to have him released and push the hearing up so Leo could do his interview. Read our previous report HERE.

Leo had been arrested in a park near Chelsea Piers for sleeping on a park bench after it closed to the public, according to NYPD Officer Carr of the 10th precinct.